I've had a very busy summer writing lesson plans and creating visuals for my classroom. I know what you're thinking - busy summer? But you're a teacher and teachers have the summer off. Yes, you are correct, I do "have summers off", but this does not mean I am lucky enough to sit around all summer long (well, ok - sometimes I sit around) but, I promise you that no teacher has ever said " I am all caught up on lesson plans and will sit around all summer".
Our school mascot is a pirate and I could not resist on making a pirates treasure chest. I'm sure you're asking, why do you need a pirates treasure chest in your art room? Great question. Well, it holds all the goodies that my students will earn for good behavior (positive reinforcement)!!! Who wouldn't love to get a treasure from this one off a kind treasure chest..... Here is my before and after picture of my completed project.
I can see myself having a pirate addiction in the near future and may need some kind of intervention. I couldn't resist turning myself into a pirate. I decided to paint a life size painting of me (pirate style) to hang next to my classroom door, right before you enter the room... I hope my students will love it as mush as I enjoyed painting it. I am thinking about greeting them with an ARRGGGHHH as they enter the class on their first day, but they may think I am a kooky art teacher :)